ASK MASTER COACH DEV
THE ART OF MASTERY:
The Spiritual pact between the Student and the Master
Master Dev, I am a professional Trainer and Consultant.
I attended several of your training modules. I am very impressed with your very wide knowledge base and at your ability to recall hard facts and figures, data and statistics, anecdotes, illustrations, stories, examples and metaphors at the drop of a pin. And I am amazed how they can flow effortlessly for an entire day without the aid of any reference material. I especially marvel at your endless recall and non-stop recitation of quotations.
You are truly a great Teacher.
How can I be like you, Master?
Thank you for your appreciation of my many years of labor and hard work. I guess its finally showing.
1. COMMITTMENT AND DEDICATION
Jane, first and foremost; I am NOT a great Teacher. I am a great STUDENT. When I am at a learning session, at a seminar, listening to my teachers, I pay 100% attention. I am totally involved Mentally and Emotionally.
Before one can ever hope to be a great teacher, one must learn to first be a great student. A bad student can never hope to evolve into a great teacher. And don’t you ever forget that!
2. SERVE THE MASTER
You must ‘serve’ your master. Anyone can learn the knowledge and information by sitting with a Master over a period of time. The Master can give you all the knowledge and Information that a student needs.
But wisdom can only be earned by the student. It cannot be transferred from the Master to the student. It can only be earned, and received by the student from the Master by serving the Master.
The Intellectual essence can be acquired by the student through diligently studying with the Master. But the Spiritual essence can only transfer to the student by serving the Master.
This is an ancient eastern secret of an intimate spiritual relationship between the Master and a student. And don’t you ever forget that!
3. CAN I ENTERTAIN A NEW IDEA
Can you Entertain Ideas that conflict with what you have held to be true all your life?
Please do not REJECT any new idea. To be fair, I will ask you also not to ACCEPT any new idea. But please do not NEGLECT any new idea thrown your way.
Ask yourself, will this idea help me move from where I am to where I want to be, before accepting or rejecting it. And don’t you ever forget that!
4. THE ONUS OF THE DEPTH OF LEARNING DEPENDS ON THE STUDENT, NEVER ON THE MASTER.
It is never the responsibility of the Master to ensure the student learns. The onus always lies with the student.
The student must be willing to do whatever it takes to learn what the student needs to learn. The student must be willing to accommodate the whims and fancies, the moods and idiosyncrasies, the requirements, rules and codes of the Master.
Remember, you are at the Master’s feet to learn and you do want to learn.
You need the Master to learn. The Master does not need you to teach. And don’t you ever forget that!
5. NEVER BETRAY YOUR MASTER
No matter how your Master treats you, no matter what he/she does or say to you, never ever bad-mouth your Master. Never ever turn against your Master no matter what he/she does, says or does. The Master has that right. You as the student don’t. The Master earned that right, you never will.
Even after you have completed your learning with the Master, never ever turn your back on the Master. Never be disloyal to your Master, no matter what happens between the two.
The day you betray your Master, the Spiritual essence of your learning will be gone forever, even if you retain all your Intellectual learning.
No matter what happens between you, your Master will always be your Master and you will always be the student. And don’t you ever forget that!
6. THE STUDENT MUST TRANSCEND THE MASTER
The student must one day transcend the Master. If the student does not, then he/she must have violated some of the above laws and it is always the fault of the student. Never the fault of the Master.
All great Masters will ensure their student one day transcends them. That is the mark of a great Master.
Your role as the student is to transcend the Master. That is the greatest honor one can bestow upon the Master.
It is never the responsibility of the Master to make the student transcend him/her. It is entirely the responsibility of the student to learn and progress till one day the student transcends the Master.
Hence, the student must never stop the learning process till he/she transcends the Master. And don’t you ever forget that!
7. NEVER QUESTION YOUR MASTER
Never ever question your Master, his/her motives and never doubt your Master, even if all the evidence appears so.
Never judge your Master. Never interrupt your Master. Never correct your Master in Public. Never argue with your Master in public.
Interactive listening is shallow. Anything that gets in the way of a Master talking is a distraction. The student must be silent. Never talk in between. The objective is to allow the knowledge to enter into your heart like a laser beam.
When your ego gets in your way, the Master can talk a lifetime, yet the student could never understand a single word.
So, just be silent. And just listen. Unconditionally, non-judgmental and in absolute humility. If you listen in silence, when the Master is teaching you need not know!
The Master does not need the student for he/she is already a Master. The student needs the Master to one day become a Master. And don’t you ever forget that!
Jane, if you are wiling to let these be your guiding principles, chances are you WILL become a Master yourself.
I call these The 7 Codes of a Master Student.
I must however state this: YOU MUST TOTALLY SURRENDER TO YOUR MASTER BLINDLY. BUT BEFORE YOU DO THAT, MAKE SURE YOR MASTER IS NOT BLIND!
Last but not least Jane, please do not be LIKE me. Please be BETTER than me. If your don’t, than the question that begs to be asked is, what sort of Master am I, who cannot have his student transcend him? In that I would have failed!